A clean bed can be the secret to a relaxing bedroom space. But how do people define "clean" when it comes to their bedding?
Turns out this is up for debate. A survey found that 44% of Americans report washing their bedsheets once or twice a month, 39% wash once a week, and 11% only wash once every 3 months.
So, how often are you actually supposed to wash your bedsheets?
Why You Need to Wash Your Sheets
We spend as many as 60 or more hours on our beds each week. This is about the right amount of time most bodies need for sufficient rest and rejuvenation. But it also gives your bedsheets plenty of time to build up oil, sweat, dead skin cells, drool, and dirt. This also invites dust mites, who feed on shed skin cells.
Regularly washing your sheets helps prevent these from building up. Despite the ick factor, there are other issues that can occur with uncleaned sheets.
Here are some of the consequences of skipping wash day too many times:
- Asthma flareups
- Skin breakouts
- Allergic reactions
When to Wash Your Sheets More Often
Even if you’ve got a regular laundry routine, some circumstances call for upping your wash frequency. Here are a few situations in which you need to wash your sheets more often.
If you have a cold, flu, or other illness, make sure those sheets get in the wash two to three days after you start to recover. Some bacteria, viruses, or funguses can hang around on surfaces and could infect anyone who comes into contact with your bed.
You have asthma or allergies
For asthmatics and allergy sufferers, dust mites can trigger symptoms. These reactions can make it harder to sleep well. In addition, you can continue to have symptoms even hours after you leave your bed.
You have pets
Whether or not your pets sleep in your bed, they shed hair, fur, dander, and bring additional dirt that is likely to get tracked in and collect with the other dust in your room. Dirt and dander from fur can cause dermatitis.
How Often to Wash Your Sheets
Experts recommend the following wash schedule for your bedding:
- Bedsheets should be washed an average of 1x a week.
- Pillow cases can be washed with bedsheets, or 1x a week.
- Duvet covers can be washed 1x a month.
- Pillows should be washed every 4-6 months.
- Blankets can be washed once every 2-3 months.
Wash all bedding with detergent and on the hottest setting permitted according to your bedding care label. Hotter temperatures help remove bacteria and allergens.
Extend the Life of Your Sheets (and Bed)
With regular usage, sheets wear out over time and need to be replaced. Washing your bedding goes beyond hygiene—it’s also key to helping your stuff last as long as possible.
Without regular washes, your sheets can transfer oil, dust, and grime buildup to your pillows and mattress. This means you’ll be replacing your bed essentials more often. The mess transfer can go both ways, so keeping your bed and room clean helps your sheets to stay in better condition between washes.
Tips for Bed Care and Cleanliness
Here are some essential tips to make sure your bedding and bed last as long as intended:
Replace your pillows. You should get new pillows after every two to three years.
Have extra sheet sets. Buy two or more sets of bed sheets so you can switch between them in between washes.
Get product protection on your bed. Look for mattresses, blankets, and linens that offer extended product coverage. You can get protection from defects, accidents, and wear due to normal use on your bedroom essentials.
Regularly clean your room. Vacuum your carpet, sweep, and dust your surfaces to get rid of dust and dust mites that could collect on your bed.
Reduce moisture buildup. Avoid mold or mildew growth by ensuring you have proper ventilation and running a fan. If you’re in a particularly humid area, get a dehumidifier for your bedroom.
Protect Your Bed with Extended Product Coverage
Even with perfect care of your bed, things happen. The best way to protect your bedroom essentials is to add extended warranties for your mattress, blankets, pillows, and sheets in your next purchases.
Look for products that offer additional coverage options beyond manufacturer warranties. This is a good indicator that the company stands behind their products and wants you to use them for a long time.
An extended warranty on your next mattress purchase can protect against defects, spills, and accidents that shorten your mattress life. If your sheets become stained or worn down from normal use, or if they have stains or fading due to defective fabric, you can get them replaced.
With the amount of time you spend in your bed each week, you want to invest in quality products. By caring for your bedsheets and bed with a regular cleaning schedule and adding product protection, you help extend the life of your purchases. And that's sure to make you sleep more soundly.